Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Chip Harper
Mr. Chip Harper serves as the supervisor of online learning and Brandywine Virtual Academy (BVA) principal at the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU). He has been a dedicated and visionary educator, administrator and supervisor for 20 years, and has been working in the cyber education field since 2004. This is Mr. Harper's sixth year leading BVA's online learning community of students and their families. In his role at BVA, Mr. Harper focuses on student success and learning by working with teachers, staff and district partners to customize the learning program to meet the needs of every student and parent.
Mr. Harper received his bachelor's of elementary education and bible studies from Cairn University and his master's in educational leadership from the University of Scranton.
Our Assistant Supervisor
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Mark Slider
Dr. Mark Slider serves as the assistant supervisor of online learning of BVA at the CCIU. In his role, Dr. Slider blends his extensive experience in traditional, virtual and blended educational settings with innovative and visionary leadership to ensure that students and families succeed. He focuses on curriculum, instruction, professional development, NCAA compliance, career readiness, educational initiatives at the state and federal level and supporting district partner relationships with our suburban districts. Dr. Slider is passionate about building relationships in order to create a family-centered working environment. Dr. Slider’s specialties include educational leadership, cyber education, curriculum design and development, backward design and strategic planning.
In addition to his work at the CCIU, he is also an adjunct professor and dissertation advisor at Gwynedd Mercy University and a dissertation chair at Immaculata University. Recently, Dr. Slider has presented at iNACOL, the Drexel University Symposium on Virtual Learning and has also presented at the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators Symposium. Dr. Slider earned his doctorate in educational administration from Immaculata University.
Our Operations Manager
Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Kevin Ballisty
Hello, and welcome to BVA! My name is Kevin Ballisty and I am the BVA operations manager. As the operations manager, I work closely with the student support liaisons and teaching assistants to help coordinate the best support for our students. Over the past 13 years, I have worked in education, most recently for Delaware County Community College and the Chester County Intermediate Unit.
As a former certified teacher in social studies, history and civics, teaching has always been a passion of mine. I will occasionally teach college business classes in the evenings and always welcome and enjoy the opportunity to connect with all students.
BVA and PVA Staff
|Candice Amory||BVA Teaching Support Assistant||I have been working at BVA since 2019. Prior to working at BVA, I facilitated mentoring programs and provided students with college and career preparation to assist them with their postgraduate goals. Something I enjoy is supporting students on their academic journeys and seeing them succeed!|
|Dylan Hileman||BVA Registrar||I've been the BVA student registrar since February 2020. Before joining the team at BVA, I worked in higher education as a college admissions officer and then as a registrar. What I most enjoy about working at BVA is how student-focused the entire team is and how much of an emphasis and focus is placed on collaboration in order to support our students.|
|Karen Marasco||BVA Teaching Support Assistant||I’ve been working at BVA for three years. Prior to BVA, I worked as a teaching assistant with the Downingtown Area School District for five years. What I enjoy most about by job is getting to know my students, helping them manage their time and successfully complete their online courses.|
|Sarrah Pease||BVA Teaching Support Assistant||I joined the CCIU in 2016 and have been part of BVA since 2019. Before coming to BVA, I had been teaching and working with students in grades Pre-K-8 for 20 years, including three years of online teaching. I have enjoyed expanding that range to now include grades 9-12. My teaching certifications include: Early Childhood PK-3, Social Studies 7-12, and Wilson Reading System certification.|
|Nadira Presley||BVA Student Support Liason||I joined the CCIU in March of 2014. Since 2016, I have served as a Student Support Liaison, providing support to students, parents and school districts. I help them understand and navigate the virtual classroom, monitor progress and answer any other questions. I also help to provide oversight of the BVA Student Support Team.|
|Kris Singer||BVA Administrative Assistant||I have been with BVA since 2014. Prior to that, I was an administrative assistant for 28 years. I enjoy helping students and families on a daily basis. The best part of working at BVA is seeing how passionate our teachers and staff are and watching them provide excellent instruction for our students and assistance for our districts.|
|Aubrey Stokes||BVA Teaching Support Assistant||I've been with the CCIU since April 2018 and came to BVA in September 2018. Prior to working at the CCIU, I was a learning support instructional assistant at Collegium Charter High School and then went on to teach kindergarten enrichment in the Downingtown Area School District. I received my degree in educational studies from Cabrini College, now Cabrini University.|
|Denae El||PVA Student Support Liaison||I have been working at PVA since the fall of 2016. In my most recent position, I have had the pleasure of supervising our student support staff and working with administrators on both the School District of Philadelphia and CCIU side of our programs. In the past, I have had the pleasure of advising students in grades 6-10, while working closely with our district partners to help guide our students to a successful completion of the school year.|
|Channell Forrest||PVA Teaching Advisor||I am the orientation advisor at PVA. I have been working at PVA for three years. I graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor's in social work in 2014.|
|Nathanael Hubler||PVA Teaching Advisor||I have been a student advisor for the seniors at the PVA for almost two years. Before working at PVA, I studied Political Science and Italian at Temple University while working as an essay reader for Temple Admissions, tutoring student-athletes and supervising club sports practices and competitions. My favorite part about working at PVA is connecting with seniors about their plans following graduation and ensuring they get closer to those plans by successfully graduating.|
|Dave Humes||PVA Student Support Liason||My work with BVA began in the 2011-12 school year when the program was a fraction of its current size. My current role is to supervise PVA student advisors and collaborate with school district administrators and CCIU leadership on managing the PVA program.|
|Ni'Teesha Sminkey||PVA Teaching Advisor||I have been an advisor with the CCIU for almost three years. As an advisor to PVA students, I am not only the first point of contact, but a huge portion of what I do focuses on ensuring the success of the students who attend PVA.|
|Melissa Zahnweh||PVA Clerk||I have been with BVA/PVA for two years. I recently transitioned from a classroom assistant to the PVA clerk. I am here to assist the student support liaisons and advisors with orientating new students and organizing data, as well as monitoring the academic support center. I was born and raised in Philadelphia and have a deep connection to the community.|
|Lisa Compher||BVA Teaching Support Assistant||I joined BVA in the fall of 2020. Before coming to BVA, I taught students in grades K-5 in multiple Chester County school districts. I also earned my Master's of Elementary Education from Wilmington University. What I enjoy most about my job is getting to know my students, helping them navigate virtual learning and seeing them succeed.|
|Dana Ricci||PVA Teaching Advisor||I began working as an Advisor at PVA in 2020. I really enjoy helping my students navigate the virtual classroom and achieve their goals. Prior to working at the CCIU, I held an Assistant Editor position at Philadelphia Magazine and completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Madrid, Spain. In Madrid, I worked in a bilingual high school and carried out a side project where I taught dance and movement classes as an alternative and supplementary way for young children to learn English.|
|Brittani Ferris||PVA Teaching Advisor||I am a 10th grade student advisor at PVA and I have been here since December 2020. In 2013, I graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for 5 years. It has always been a passion of mine to work with youth and to inspire, motivate and encourage them to recognize that they can achieve their dreams. I look forward to making their 10th grade experience fun, while also challenging them to become better versions of themselves.|
|Rose Anderson||PVA Teaching Advisor||I am a Student Advisor for BVA and PVA. I have worked for the CCIU in various capacities for the past 5 years. I value my own education and enjoy helping students achieve their academic goals. My best advice to students is to never stop asking questions and to remember that everyone in education is here to help! One of my most interesting experiences in life was attending an autopsy-it is something that I will never forget!|
|Shante Plumer||PVA Clerk||I have had the pleasure of being a Clerk at PVA since December 2019. I primarily work at PVA's Ferguson Academic Support Center, dividing my time between student re-engagement efforts, new student orientation preparation and other clerical tasks. Before I began working at PVA, I was an administrative assistant for 3 years. I enjoy spending time with my two daughters, cooking and binge-watching television. I intend to give great service and support to the students and staff at PVA.|